Pronunciation: (stans), [key]
1. the position or bearing of the body while standing: legs spread in a wide stance; the threatening stance of the bull.
2. a mental or emotional position adopted with respect to something: They assumed an increasingly hostile stance in their foreign policy.
3. Sports.the relative position of the feet, as in addressing a golf ball or in making a stroke.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.